Sweden win scrappy Swiss encounter

Sweden win scrappy Swiss encounter

As for Switzerland, they are undefeated in Russian Federation and will be targeting an appearance in the final eight for the first time since 1954, in the tournament which they hosted.

Sweden's midfielder Emil Forsberg celebrates scoring during the match between Sweden and Switzerland at the Saint Petersburg Stadium on July 3, 2018.

With a little over five minutes left until the break, Switzerland should have taken the lead but Zuber's cross from the left was blasted over by Dzemaili.

During the opening stages of the game, both Xherdan Shaqiri and Steven Zuber failed to threaten with long-range strikes and Sweden nearly capitalised when Marcus Berg was played through on goal, only for the forward to slice a half-volley well wide of the target.

"This team personifies the approach we all share - we work for each other on and off the pitch, and I'm incredibly happy that it's paying off", Andersson told reporters.

A meeting with either Colombia or England awaits Janne Andersson's side in the next round but judging by the fare they served up in St Petersburg, neither of their potential opponents will lose sleep over the prospect of facing the limited Swedish attack.

Sweden made only one change to their team as Gustav Svensson came in for Sebastian Larsson, who is also serving a one-match ban.

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The clash ended on a sour note for the Swiss as defender Michael Lang was shown a straight red card for a challenge on Martin Olsson, who was through on goal.

"Sweden did precisely what they were good at and that was enough to beat us".

Unfortunately for Switzerland fans, Petkovic's team talk inspiration failed to materialise as his side entered the second half without the same venom or verve they had demonstrated in their previous second-half appearances.

With so much at stake for both nations, it would be no surprise to see a cagey opening and dabblebet's 11/10 (2.10) quote for the first half to end goalless could well provide punters with a path to profit. It took 66 minutes, but he managed to break the deadlock after finding space on the edge of the box before firing past a hapless Yann Sommer. A relentless runner, the Leipzig livewire combines his brilliant dribbling ability with an abundance of pace.

Their route to the quarters has not been easy and, what they have lost in the individual brilliance of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, they appear to have gained in grit, determination and collective spirit.

It promises to be a fascinating encounter as Sweden & Switzerland face off for a place in the quarter finals. Despite this Sweden will not care, as the result is more than fitting for their historic half-century.

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